IceArenA – Our History

We have have had many changes for names, logos and functions; we are still the Largest Permanent Ice Surface in Adelaide!

IceArenA, located in Thebarton, Adelaide, South Australia first opened on 17 September 1981 as the Ice Arena. In late 1987, the centre closed for construction of the world’s first indoor ski slope and reopened later that year as Mt Thebarton Snow and Ice, featuring artificial snow. The centre underwent a further name change to Snowdome Adelaide. Most recently, following the closure of the Ski Slope in 2005, a final name change to IceArenA was made.

The venue offers a wide variety of activities including ice hockey and ice skating lessons, snow play sessions, school holiday skating, public skating sessions, and it is also the home venue of the Adelaide Adrenaline ice hockey men’s and women’s teams.


  • 1981

    The centre first opened in 1981 with a full size skating rink surrounded by a speed skating track.

  • 1987

    The indoor snow slope was added in 1987.
    To accommodate the new structure supporting the ski-slope and to make room for the bottom of the slope, the concentric skating rink concept was abandoned and replaced by two ice skating rinks (one large 56×26m and one smaller 30×15m surface).

  • 2005

    The facility temporarily closed in June 2005 due to the running costs of the centre, but has since reopened minus the indoor slope.

  • 2005

    The South Australian Ice Sports Federation (SAISF) was formed by the three member sports of ice hockey, figure skating and broomball to save the IceArenA from closure.

  • 2016

    4 March 2016, the Large Ice was closed due to issues with the pipe works under the large ice.

    7 May 2016, the Large Ice reopened, with various dignitaries in attendance, after a government grant was provided to purchase a new, modern refrigeration plant.

Business Names

  • 1981 - 1987

    1981 – 1987 – The Ice Arena

  • 1987 - 1989

    Mt Thebarton / ice arena

  • 1989ish

    1989ish – Mt Thebarton Snow and Ice

  • 2000ish

    2000ish – Snow Dome

  • 2005

    2005 – Current – IceArenA


  • Current


  • Old Logos

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